Category: appetizer/snack

spicy shrimp air fried egg rolls

Y’all. Remember when you found out chocolate is good for you? Or that avocados are healthy? Oh yes. Meet the appetizer vision of that feeling. Instead of taking the usually deep fried technique for these spicy gems, I placed them in my air frier. The results? Crispy, crunchy “I can’t believe its not…

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Lemon Ginger Curry Chicken Skewers #stashtearecipechallenge

Think fast: you are having a party, and you want to serve something intriguing and exotic, but not too over the top… you still want to spend time with your guests…. I really you’d like something that can be made in advance, with short preparation time to serve. I’ve got a solution for…

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Earl GreyMojito#stashtearecipechallenge

I created this recipe for the “Not your usual tea” category in the #stash tearecipechallenge. Personally, I love Earl Grey . What gives earl gray it’s unique flavor and aroma is the addition of Bergamot; a relative of the lime plant, it has an unmistakable flavor and aroma that is unsurpassed, in my…

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Tropical and avocado shrimp salad #stashtearecipechallenge

Imagine this: buttery avocado, luscious plump shrimp, all smothered in a creamy lemony ginger and dill sauce, and stuffed into an avocado shell. And: the key to creating this one of a kind flavor explosion? Tea. Yep, it’s time to think of tea in a whole new light. Of course, I love a…

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Mahon Cheese and starfruit with lemon pepper oil

Happy New Year! Well. almost.. we are currently in “the old year” now. So: Happy old year?  Either way, I hope this year begins with joy and is filled with goodness for everyone out there. I love New Years: Every year, I give my home a fresh start; I put a crisp white…

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coconut thai & shrimp street snacks

 Remember, my last post? It had been a while…. so I started with breakfast. Now: it’s lunch. Or snack time. Adults don’t nearly have enough nap times and snack times. Snacks and naps do beautiful things to grumpy people. This is another recipe that I utilized BLENDABELLA with; a spicy, tangy exotic hand…

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brownie batter dip & back to (home)school

It’s back to school season, which; for me is like a second “New Years”.  For a ton of reasons, I just love school supplies. The smell of new crayons and fresh pencils… they just give off that”fresh start” feeling.  It  also reminds me  that cooler weather is just around the corner, along with…

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summertime…..traveling chicken pot pies

Summertime… and this summer, well… it’s different. I haven’t been all over the internet like previous summers, planning an epic-super-mom-of-the-year–crafty-life-pinterest-worthy- summer-bucket-list. I’m not sure why. Maybe because keeping a toddler, 10 year old  and a baby entertained when it’s 92F outside can be as daunting as crossing the Sahara. Or, maybe it’s because…

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cajun boiled peanuts

Boiled peanuts are a Southern thing, or so I am told. I know nothing different than boiled peanuts. Sure, there are roasted, salted, honey roasted and candied. But: I know boiled. Raw “green” peanuts  boiled in a spicy, salty broth… Cooked peanuts take on a different texture than traditional roasted; they are nutty…

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homemade tortillas

There is something about making homemade tortillas. Something that goes beyond the food aspect of it. Maybe ….it’s because right now in our homeschool  I’m teaching a period of history that is before the discovery of baking powder, yeast or other leavening. Most cooking was done by the meal, and over an open…

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fresh salsa and other spicy stories

Catchy title, huh? I know you’re only here for the food. 🙂

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easy homemade hummus and other trends

I’m in a season of clean eating… I say season, because there are still  going to be seasons of feasting, and enjoying the occasional indulgence of a big slice of homemade cake with caramel buttercream. Isn’t it funny how the term “clean” eating has replaced healthy eating? I wonder if it subconsciously helps…

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baked mini tacos

These little guys are the perfect portion controlled nibble for your next fiesta, or Superbowl party… or Taco Tuesday. If you follow my other blog, you’ll know that I am off white flour/sugar/processed foods  for a bit, (maybe longer than a bit) How long is a bit, anyway? In my book, a “bit”…

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mango salsa and summer stories

This is summer in a bowl. Sweet, salty, tangy and fresh, with a slight crisp from jicima, it’s a tropical vacation for your tongue. I live in an old neighborhood. And, with old neighborhoods, come established trees. An established home with a yard that feeds you is a perk and a blessing. A…

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homemade pretzel buns

My husband thought I was a bit crazy making these once he saw all the steps involved.  He had no clue what goes into pretzel making I suppose… You see, pretzels have that chewy, slightly  briny exterior for a reason. They take a swim before they bake. And, that extra step makes all…

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endives with blue cheese, prosciutto and red wine reduction sauce

There are a few things in life that I had never tried until I was in my thirties such as: endive marscapone homemade fruit cake spiralized veggies squash soup arugula vegan “meat” loaf fried Oreos salted caramel Keurig brewed coffee This year, I decided that I need to try a few new items……..

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Nudo olive oil tasting and giveaway

I’m sure a lot of you have been to restaurants where bread is served along with olive oil and herbs for dipping, instead of butter. Not only is this heart- healthy but it’s also a nice change from attempting to spread cold butter on soft bread. Which, usually results in a cold mound…

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steamed BBQ pork buns

I have been craving these for years. YEARS. The last time I had one was during my trip to Chicago. Not sure why it has taken me this long to satisfy this craving, maybe I was just waiting for a influx of BBQ pork to head my way…

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mini caprese bites with rioja wine reduction

Note: This is a sponsored post for RIOJA wine, however opinions expressed are my own.   The steamy days of summer are just beginning to ease their way into our memory, and the lure off Fall is beginning to beckon me with its rich flavors again, spiced coffees and latte’s , buttery squash…

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creamy garlic, spinach and chicken flatbread

I was recently selected to take part in creating a recipe for a new line of sauces that Progresso recently launched. My assignment? Something quick to prepare.. as in 20 minutes or less. They must have known that I would have some busy afternoons and evenings ahead of me…because there were quite a…

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